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The Weekly Wire – June 9

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021 – As a horse racing fan, it can be difficult to keep up with all the major stories and excitement from around the world – that’s why we’ve gone the distance and done the leg work for you, curating the top news and notes from the horse racing industry to keep you in the know.

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NYRA Launches Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the formation of the Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship to support and encourage students enrolled in the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) to secure careers in the Thoroughbred industry. (

Trevor Denman Returning to the Announcer’s Booth At Del Mar

Trevor Denman, the iconic racing commentator who called every race at the seaside oval between 1984 and 2019, will return to the Del Mar roof for the 2021 season after sheltering in place throughout 2020 at his rural Minnesota farm as he and his wife Robin rode out the COVID-19 pandemic. (

Married NY Jockeys on Way to Mutuel Uncoupling

Two months after costing New York an estimated $4.2 million in lost handle revenue during the first quarter of 2021, a bill to eliminate an antiquated state requirement that same-race mounts of married jockeys be coupled in pari-mutuel wagering has passed both the Assembly and Senate. (

TDN Rising Stars

A signature TDN product, TDN Rising Stars allow readers to identify a race winner in the first few starts of his or her career who will, in our estimation, go on to be a Graded Stakes winner. (

Retired Racehorse Project to Host the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Barrel Racing Championships

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) jointly announced today that the inaugural T.I.P. Barrel Racing Championships will be hosted at the RRP’s flagship event, the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, this October at the Kentucky Horse Park. (

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Meadowlands “Inside the Driver’s Mind” Series

The Meadowlands has produced a series of short videos titled “Inside the Driver’s Mind”, featuring six drivers who race regularly in the sport’s top races individually addressing various aspects of racing. (

Timely Boost for Brosnan Family

Well-known harness racing father and son training team Richard and Emmett Brosnan had a welcome change of fortunes at TABcorp Park Melton this week. The combination landed a training double, encompassing one winner apiece in the sulky. (

Will Dave Palone’s Dash Record Ever be Broken?

On the day after driver Aaron Merriman recorded his 13,000th career win, the author ponders whether Merriman – or anyone – will ever surpass all-time wins leader Dave Palone, who is closing in on 20,000 career wins. (

Harness: Profile of Trainer Amanda Fine

After a short stint in the U.S., Amanda Fine is back home in Canada waiting for racing to resume. (

USA 2YO Superstar to Empire Stallions

Sensational USA two-year-old Pacer of the Year and World Champion Huntsville (p,2,1:49; 3,1:47.4 ($1,704,242)) has been issued an international passport and is headed to Empire Stallions in Victoria to stand the upcoming 2018-19 breeding season. (

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